Dance in Context II (BDA871)

In the course, the student gain insight into dance forms of different cultures and intercultural/multicultural dance performances/events. The student gains knowledge of the dances' relationship to society and understanding of both ethical and cultural aspects of the work in choreographic processes from other cultures and in community projects. Methods of analysis and cultural theories are presented, as well as themes such as art activism in and with other cultures. The intention is that the student gets an expanded and reflected perspective on dance art from the local stage to the global that enables them to contextualize their own artistic work and point of view.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start


Number of semesters


Exam semester


Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


Dance in other cultures

Intercultural/multicultural dance

Cultural theory

Field work

Community dance - theory and practice

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • apply anthropological analysis methods and cultural theories in relation to the following:

    • Ethnic dance
    • Contemporary dance from non-Western cultures
    • Intercultural and multicultural dance performances/events
    • Community dance


After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • give an account of the different functions of dance by selected examples from other cultures, different eras and walks of life.
  • give an account of cultural and social aspects of local dance and put it in a global perspective.
  • give an account of art activism in dance.

General Competence

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • work on assignments that require reflection on ethical and cultural aspects of local dances and be able to put these in a global and societal perspective.
  • contextualize their own work with dance art in relation to a global and societal perspective.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

Portfolio: Submission of an individual written assignment and an final assignment consisting of a written group assignment and a practical / oral assignment.Assignments in the subject are delivered in Norwegian or English. Swedish and Danish are also permitted.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Birgitte Bauer-Nilsen

Study Adviser:

Lena Crosby Haug

Method of work

Lectures, discussion, group work, project work.

The subject is organized in weekly teaching activities. However, the teaching activity can entirely or partly be organized as intensive modules in periods of the academic year. The subject can also have a combination of weekly teaching and intensive modules.

Open for

Bachelor in Dance

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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